Monday, January 28, 2008
The New York Chapter of the National Organization of Women (NOW) reveals their leadership lacks any concept of irony, in the manner of their public spleen-busting over Sen. Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama for President.
The Albany Times Union reports on a statement made by NOW-NY, which reacted to Kennedy’s endorsement with the claim: “Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal.”
“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal. Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard. Women have forgiven Kennedy, stuck up for him, stood by him, hushed the fact that he was late in his support of Title IX, the ERA, the Family Leave and Medical Act to name a few. Women have buried their anger that his support for the compromises in No Child Left Behind and the Medicare bogus drug benefit brought us the passage of these flawed bills. We have thanked him for his ardent support of many civil rights bills, BUT women are always waiting in the wings.
“And now the greatest betrayal! We are repaid with his abandonment! He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton (they will of course say they support a woman president, just not “this” one). ‘They’ are Howard Dean and Jim Dean (Yup! That’s Howard’s brother) who run DFA (that’s the group and list from the Dean campaign that we women helped start and grow). They are Alternet, Progressive Democrats of America, democrats.com, Kucinich lovers and all the other groups that take women’s money, say they’ll do feminist and women’s rights issues one of these days, and conveniently forget to mention women and children when they talk about poverty or human needs or
“This latest move by Kennedy, is so telling about the status of and respect for women’s rights, women’s voices, women’s equality, women’s authority and our ability – indeed, our obligation - to promote and earn and deserve and elect, unabashedly, a President that is the first woman after centuries of men who ‘know what’s best for us.’”
Let me see if I have this straight. The same feminists who excused, defended, apologized for, and played political attack oppo for any criticism of philanderer and serial sexual predator Bill Clinton, now cry “betrayal” that Kennedy chases after “the new guy,” instead of their Poster Candidate for Martyred Woman. (Is there a feminine version of the word “cuckold?” There needs to be this election season.)
Reading that first paragraph, noting how much women have suffered at the hands of Kennedy – one of the most progressive and identify politics driven politicos in the Democratic Party – the ability to refrain from drawing a connection to the Clinton Marriage grows vanishingly small.
Note the victim verbs. They forgave! They stuck up for him. They stood up for him. They hushed up indiscretions. We always expressed undying gratitude, but he betrayed us!
Is this the state of modern feminism 8 years into the 21st Century? We’ve been dutifully subservient, and expected the quid for the quo, and will happily continue to put up with all manner of offenses if only you pay us what you owe us.
“I am woman, here me bleat.” Not much of a posture for modern feminism, but then, that was always the devil’s bargain
On the other hand, you have to wonder if this isn’t, yet another, Clintonista manipulation. Hillary as the offended Spouse! The Man owes it to her for all she put up with!
It got Hillary a Senate Seat. Maybe that’s what the
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